Daily Archives: October 28, 2019

Baxter Black, DVM:  Farm Animals in History

Baxter Black, DVM:  Farm Animals in History

Mankind from prehistory to space exploration has always depended on animals for help in their quest for advancing civilization.  Granted, often as bait or as guinea pigs but we have depended on them, nonetheless.

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William “Bill” T Bennett, Hereford Icon Passes

William “Bill” T Bennett, Hereford Icon Passes

Stevens Funeral Chapel
Bill was an avid cattleman. He was involved in the American Hereford Association, the Oregon Washington Northern Idaho Hereford Association, the United Braford Breeders, the American Angus Association, Washington Cattlemen’s Association, Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association. Bill was a Director on the American Hereford Association Board from 1985 to 1991. Bill judged cattle in Canada, South America and in the United States including Hawaii.

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Backside of the beef cattle price cycle

Backside of the beef cattle price cycle

Marty Morgan

Gainesville Daily Register

So where are we in the beef cattle price cycle today? There are two main phases to this 10-year average, give or take a couple years, cattle cycle. There is what is called the “expansion phase” where we build the herd and increase the cow inventory numbers, and then there is the opposite of that called the “contraction phase,” where the cow herd numbers decrease because of certain factors and financial conditions.

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NDSU Extension to Host Fall Agriculture Challenges Webinar Series

NDSU Extension to Host Fall Agriculture Challenges Webinar Series

North Dakota State University

Issues related to this year’s challenging growing season and harvest conditions across North Dakota are the focus of a webinar series North Dakota State University Extension is hosting beginning next week. The series will start at noon Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 29. NDSU Extension specialists will present live and be available to answer questions.

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Understanding cause and early detection of lumpy jaw increase chances of recovery success.

Understanding cause and early detection of lumpy jaw increase chances of recovery success.

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

There are two kinds of “lumpy jaw.” Soft-tissue abscesses caused by embedded foreign bodies, such as sharp grass seeds, are easy to treat by lancing, draining and flushing. However, a bone infection takes diligent effort to eradicate. Even treatment may not be successful.

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Long-duration implants help increase gains and labor efficiency

Long-duration implants help increase gains and labor efficiency

Beef Magazine

It’s well documented that implanting cattle is an effective way to improve gain and efficiency.1 A new study has revealed how a long-duration implant can take gains further than conventional implants, enhancing marketing flexibility and labor efficiency along the way.           

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USDA withdraws RFID Requirement

USDA withdraws RFID Requirement

Tri State Livestock News

The United States Department of Agriculture has apparently reversed course on the issue of radio frequency identification (RFID) for cattle. In April of 2019, APHIS posted a factsheet to provide producers with information about the Agency’s guidelines and goals related to Animal Disease Traceability.

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U.S. Farm Sales to China May Hit Pre-Trade War Level by Election

U.S. Farm Sales to China May Hit Pre-Trade War Level by Election

Bloomberg News

U.S. farmers may return to pre-trade war levels of sales to China in time for the presidential election year, relieving economic pressure on one of Donald Trump’s key political constituencies as he campaigns for a second term and fights an impeachment inquiry.

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Is Eating Meat Worse Than Burning Oil?

Is Eating Meat Worse Than Burning Oil?

Charles Kennedy

Oilprice.com

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Bad news for meat worshipers. Eating healthy isn’t just good for your body–it’s good for the environment, too, according to a series of new studies, suggesting that only vegetarians can save the planet.  The fight against climate change is already polarizing enough without adding the meat-plant divide.

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Repeatability of calving difficulty a key to keep in mind.

Repeatability of calving difficulty a key to keep in mind.

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin

An Oklahoma cow-calf producer once asked about the repeatability of calving difficulty in young cows. He had a 2-year-old heifer that endured a very difficult delivery. After the event is over and the cow and calf are doing well, the rancher can’t help but ask the question: “If a heifer has calving difficulty this year, what is the likelihood that she will have trouble again next year?”

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